Match Preview: AFC Rushden & Diamonds vs Biggleswade Town FC – Saturday 23rd October – 3 pm KO

Diamonds will be looking to end a winless stretch of home games with victory over Biggleswade Town on Saturday afternoon.

Diamonds are off the back of a gut-wrenching, ill-deserved late defeat to Barwell on Tuesday night and Biggleswade off the back of a 3-0 reverse at Needham Market.

Biggleswade Town FC

The Waders have been around since 1874 playing in Bedford leagues before joining the United Counties League in 1934. Through the Eastern Counties and South Midlands Leagues they arrived in the Southern Football League in 2009 and achieved promotion to Step 3 in 2013.

They reached the FA Cup First Round Proper in 2014, losing at Stourbridge.

Previous Games

The sides have met just three times in league action with The Waders winning twice at Langford Road and the only game at Hayden Road finishing in a dramatic 3-3 draw. After a goalless first half Diamonds fell 3-1 down with 10 minutes to go but two added time penalties by Ben Farrell earned a dramatic point.

The only other contest was in pre-season 2015 with Diamonds winning 2-0 with goals by Courtney Herbert and of course Tom Lorraine.

Recent Form

The sides have pretty similar records this season with Biggleswade turning one draw into a victory to have 2 extra points on 14 from 12 games. Both sides have 6 defeats with Diamonds sitting on 12 points from 12 games.

Biggleswade have some very odd form lately with three goalless defeats followed by back-to-back 7 goal wins, followed by 2 more goalless defeats. Away form has been a problem with no wins and the last 4 games ending in goalless defeats.

Diamonds have the more troublesome home form with 5 defeats and just 2 wins. Since the victory over Hitchin defeats to Royston, Alvechurch and Barwell surround a 1-1 draw against Rushall.

The Game

Both sides are struggling to establish consistent form and sit in a group of 10 teams in a similar lack of form who are separated by 3 points running from 19th (Stourbridge) to 10th (Biggleswade).

A Diamonds win is overdue and recent performance has most definitely deserved one. I suspect Andy Peaks would take a lucky win as Barwell did on Tuesday night but he takes immense pride in his team’s organisation, commitment and performance so will be motivating them to go out there and grab that win for him and the loyal fans on Saturday.

Radio Diamonds will be back in action with Twitter, interviews, highlights and match reports to look forward to.

Enjoy the game

Paul Judd

Radio Diamonds

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